My Hair Loves Conditioner-Only Styling

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Do you have wavy hair?

Maybe it's the conditioner you used? I've found that some conditioners are too heavy for my hair and likewise some are too light...it's taken a bit of experimentation to see what works, and how much of each product to use.

I recently noticed that my hair felt 'heavier'/limp and after a bit of thinking I realized that the conditioner I was using to wash with (Tresemme Naturals) in combination with the conditioner I was leaving as a leave-in was to much for my hair. I switched to a conditioner that has better cleansing agents (Centrimonium Chloride, and Stearyalkonium Chloride) and is lighter and no more issues!

Also, I don't know if this makes a difference or not. But I put conditioner in my hair everyday. By the time I get up in the morning my curls aren't good for anything but a poneytail lol I have to re-wet and add more product in. Usually the first day (after washing) I add a little bit more conditioner with especial tention to the ends.

And you know, honestly, even if this method doesn't work for you that's cool too. =D Everyone's hair is different!
Originally Posted by Puffff
Oohh I used tresemme naturals! Maybe that's it! What was the better conditioner?? The only other one I have now is herbal essences hello hydration so I'll try that but it's very thick so idk...hmm...and I totally get you about the second day hair! I'm a wavy and my hair looks horrible after I sleep so I end up wetting it and scrunching in some leave in and gel which works pretty well!
Oohh I used tresemme naturals! Maybe that's it! What was the better conditioner?? The only other one I have now is herbal essences hello hydration so I'll try that but it's very thick so idk...hmm...and I totally get you about the second day hair! I'm a wavy and my hair looks horrible after I sleep so I end up wetting it and scrunching in some leave in and gel which works pretty well!
Originally Posted by Sami

I use L'Oreal Eversleek as a LI.
Since you have wavy hair though it might just be a balance between finding something that has hold but isn't so heavy it smothers your hair. I have two wavy friends and I know they both like to use a moisturizing mouse because it's lighter than a conditioner but gives them hold without the crunch of a gel. I have no idea what brands they use but their hair always looks awesome. =)
I use L'Oreal Eversleek as a LI.
Since you have wavy hair though it might just be a balance between finding something that has hold but isn't so heavy it smothers your hair. I have two wavy friends and I know they both like to use a moisturizing mouse because it's lighter than a conditioner but gives them hold without the crunch of a gel. I have no idea what brands they use but their hair always looks awesome. =)
Originally Posted by Puffff
Okay I tried conditioner only again today with HEHH and then added just a bit of mousse just to be sure...wow am I loving this! I can't believe I was using so many other products for no reason! Thank you! However, I always have a problem with shine...I make my last rinse in cold water yet my hair is never shiny
Okay I tried conditioner only again today with HEHH and then added just a bit of mousse just to be sure...wow am I loving this! I can't believe I was using so many other products for no reason! Thank you! However, I always have a problem with shine...I make my last rinse in cold water yet my hair is never shiny
Originally Posted by Sami
I have been trying for 62 years to get shiny hair. When I roller set my hair, it would sometimes have a bit of sheen, but has never been shiny, and when natural, it is even less likely to have any sign of shine. The texture of curly hair is more likely to absorb light than to reflect it. It is just a fact of curly life that some of us will have a greater challenge in this regard.
Be Happy!

Type:2b/3ab?
Texture:Medium/fine
Porosity:Normal
Elasticity:Normal

Experimenting with too many products to name here. All this great info keeps my head spinning.
Huh. I found that with my new routine (no sulfates, and conditioning only styling) my hair tends to be shinier than before (when I was using sulfates and a ton of cones). I think its cause it healthier but it just might be the effect of the conditioner drying on my wet hair too.

Iíve been trying to find a hairdresser who can give me some Pintura highlights (to add some depth and enhancement) but havenít been very successful haha most hairdressers look at me like Iím nuts.
My hair looks shinier with gel than it does conditioner-only or with creams, but shine isn't the only attribute that makes hair look pretty and healthy. When I have more shine, my hair color looks darker, which I actually do not like. Without gel, my highlights are more visible.

My recent LI-only experiments:

Aussie Moist-- not good. Too heavy for my hair. If you want to weigh down your hair, try this. I like it as a co-wash/RO though.

Yesterday I tried Madre Labs Made by Nature as a LI and it was good. It was an extremely hot, humid, high-dews day and I rode my bike with it wet. I thought when I arrived to my destination it would be a frizzy mess. My hair came out with good clumps and curl formation, very full, a bit of frizz here and there but I've used gels that have done worth. It felt a little sticky while drying, but not after it was dry. This one's a keeper.
Formerly Urbancurl.
Medium-high density, fine-medium, low-normal porosity, 3b/c, permanent color.
CG, no heat, combs, brushes, parabens.
Fall/Winter HG=Alba Botanica Soft Hold Style Cream.
Spring/Summer HG=MGA Sculpting Gel
Current fave LI=Madre Labs Made by Nature for Baby Conditioner.
Limit oils, butters, glycerin.
question for you ladies who conditioner only style: do you use a lighter or heavier condish for every day use?

my hair: 3c, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

I also blog about my hair journey, please feel free to read and comment/ask questions http://www.naturallycurly.com/blogs/...air-blogs/2494
question for you ladies who conditioner only style: do you use a lighter or heavier condish for every day use?
Originally Posted by Fmasuhr
Well, for my hair, since it's fine, I use a light conditioner. However, since I'm new to conditioner styling, it is possible that I may have to switch to something heavier for the winter months.
2A/2B, fine, normal porosity

Growing out a pixie as of November 2013

Shampoo: Elucence MBS & Renpure Originals Argan Oil
Conditioner: Elucence MBC & Renpure Originals Argan Oil
Leave-in: CJ BeautiCurls
Stylers: BA gel & AG Re:coil

Product Junkie that keeps falling off the wagon!
Umm not exactly sure what I would classify my LI as. I'd probably say it's somewhere in the middle (not as heavy as Tresseme naturals but not as light as VO5).

I was using a light conditioner before I switched to what I use now (L'Oreal eversleek) and I found I had to use a ton of product to make sure my hair didn't get those little flyaways during the day. I tend to avoid heavy conditioners simply because it weighs my hair down and than I have to wash my hair more often (since I use a LI everyday). Mostly, I just experimented until I found something I liked lol
You should try some Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil, this stuff helps nourish and condition your hair, plus it de-frizzes and increases shine. My hair's looking great, really shiny and conditioned. I have wavy curly hair that gets frizzy quite often but this product helps a lot. I don't use it everyday, just when I need my hair to calm down.
question for you ladies who conditioner only style: do you use a lighter or heavier condish for every day use?
Originally Posted by Fmasuhr
i don't always do conditioner only styling, but i do it often. my hair is very dry, so mostly i use a deep conditioner as leave in. i rotate with cj hibiscus and banana deep fix, spiral solutions deeply decadent, cj beauticurls leave in. i do use other conditioners, but not for a conditioner only day.

and, since spiral solutions deeply decadent is great in my hair but is a rich conditioner, i sometimes use another conditioner that is a little lighter as a leave in, blot excess water, then add spiral solutions dd as a curl cream. ssdd works great this way! and sometimes i use cj curl rehab as leave in or on top as curl cream.

everyone's hair is different. i have seen hair that is very curly and fine that looks great with only cj beauticurls leave in.

you have to experiment and see what your hair likes. if you need more during the day, you can spread some conditioner on your hands, the run a little water over your hands, then run it onto hair --that very little water helps to emulsify the conditioner and prevent the frizzies. or, you can target one or two curls/sections of hair that seem dry, and add a little conditioner down the length without risking frizzies.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine

and, since spiral solutions deeply decadent is great in my hair but is a rich conditioner, i sometimes use another conditioner that is a little lighter as a leave in, blot excess water, then add spiral solutions dd as a curl cream. ssdd works great this way! and sometimes i use cj curl rehab as leave in or on top as curl cream.


you have to experiment and see what your hair likes. if you need more during the day, you can spread some conditioner on your hands, the run a little water over your hands, then run it onto hair --that very little water helps to emulsify the conditioner and prevent the frizzies. or, you can target one or two curls/sections of hair that seem dry, and add a little conditioner down the length without risking frizzies.
Originally Posted by rbb
thanks for these tips, rbb! i never thought about using a lighter condish as a LI, then adding another on top as a curl cream. i'm definitely trying this.
3c-4b. probably.
medium/coarse texture.
(extremely)high density.
low porosity, normal elasticity.
co-wash: suave naturals daily clarifying condish with drops of rosemary oil.
detangling conditioner: tresemme naturals.
deep conditioner: curly kinks curlycue renew, b.a.s.k. cacao bark, honey/evoo.
i started doing that as the heavier conditioners as a leave in would take too long to dry, so i run the lighter conditioner thru my entire head, roots to ends, then blot dry and scrunch in the heavier one, not touching the roots.

btw, cj beauticurls leave in is both moisturizing and light, so often i will use it as my leave in. or, the cj deep fix, a small amount on dripping wet hair.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
question for you ladies who conditioner only style: do you use a lighter or heavier condish for every day use?
Originally Posted by Fmasuhr
i don't always do conditioner only styling, but i do it often. my hair is very dry, so mostly i use a deep conditioner as leave in. i rotate with cj hibiscus and banana deep fix, spiral solutions deeply decadent, cj beauticurls leave in. i do use other conditioners, but not for a conditioner only day.

and, since spiral solutions deeply decadent is great in my hair but is a rich conditioner, i sometimes use another conditioner that is a little lighter as a leave in, blot excess water, then add spiral solutions dd as a curl cream. ssdd works great this way! and sometimes i use cj curl rehab as leave in or on top as curl cream.

everyone's hair is different. i have seen hair that is very curly and fine that looks great with only cj beauticurls leave in.

you have to experiment and see what your hair likes. if you need more during the day, you can spread some conditioner on your hands, the run a little water over your hands, then run it onto hair --that very little water helps to emulsify the conditioner and prevent the frizzies. or, you can target one or two curls/sections of hair that seem dry, and add a little conditioner down the length without risking frizzies.
Originally Posted by rbb

thank for that, i started using the rainforest moisture from the body shop, n thats really good, i just use it as a leave in and as a dt. its rather heavy but it seems to shape my curls really nicely. i tend to mix it with a bit of oil in my palms, i dont seem to get the fizzy's when i do that.
i ordered, (i think it was) shea moisture condish, and see how that goes, im not quiet sure if its heavy or not. have to see.
though i wouldnt mind it being a lighter one just so i can try it and see if its better.

my hair: 3c, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

I also blog about my hair journey, please feel free to read and comment/ask questions http://www.naturallycurly.com/blogs/...air-blogs/2494
So I made it through a week at the beach with conditioner only styling!! I was sooooo worried it wouldn't work out but I tried it and got awesome results!!! I used CJ banana hibiscus leave in some days and sauve tropical coconut other days. I actually felt like I got better results from the sauve coconut maybe because it's lighter? Very very very excited!! It seems like I have to keep applying conditioner as it dries though. I'll take con. In my hair soaking wet then as it dries I'll notice minimum frizz and I'll smooth a small amount in those areas.


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3A 3B mix
Very thick hair
Colored
Low porosity
Medium coarse texture

Lo-Poo- Yes to Cucumbers
Co-wash- Yes to Cucumbers, As I Am Co-wash
RO-Yes to blueberries, GVPCB, CJ curl assurance conditioner
DT- CJ curl rehab
LI- As I Am leave in, KCKT

Style- Sauve Everlasting Sunshine
Misc- CJ Smoothing lotion
Just chiming in to say that I also get better results with using conditioner only as a styler as opposed to gel. For years, I thought I needed gel to get good curl formation and to keep frizz at bay; however, I've come to realize that my hair looks, feels, and behaves better without gel. Another perk of using conditioner as my styler is that it doesn't take nearly as long to dry as when I use gel, nor does my hair feel dried out the next day.
I won't completely rid my stash of gel, as it's good to use on the occasions I want a lot of hold, but 90% of the time, I'm happy with my hair when I only use conditioner ~ good amount of volume, softness and shine. One more perk: I rarely get second day hair, but when I use conditioner in place of gel, I can sometimes skip a wash. I could NEVER do that when I used gel.
sheilacurl and rmpbguam like this.
Hair Type: 3A/3B; natural color; mid-back length.
Shampoo: Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus (2 - 3 times/week)
Fave Rinse-Out Conditioners: HE Hello Hydration; Yes to Blueberries; GVP Conditioning Balm;
Styling Routine: Squish-scrunch product /conditioner into soaking wet, upside down hair; plop for 10 minutes, air dry. (Diffuser dry front section.)
Fave Styling Products: KCKT; Tigi Curl Amplifier Creme; Batia & Aleeza gel; Giovanni Sunset Styler; LA Looks Sport Gel.
Yesterday I decided to just try a leave-in as my styler, namely GVP CB. I used a dime-sized amount, coated my hair, scrunched a little, then let it air dry. I didn't have to go anywhere, so I was okay with however it turned out. It dried into soft, bouncy waves (I'm a 2a/b/c depending on which piece of hair you are looking at). That was the first sign that my hair liked it.

The second sign was that I woke up this morning without having my hair standing up on my head (it's too short to pineapple correctly). It looked just like it did when I went to bed. I didn't even have to rewet or anything.

Thirdly, it's raining here, so the humidity is up this morning, and while I have more volume since I have no gel whatsoever, it's tolerable. It looks and feels nice.

Has anyone had success with just a leave-in only regimen all year long? Thinking of how simple this could make my life and how much my wallet would love it if this could work all year. It's really amazing. I haven't not used gel in so long, I just thought it was necessary. Anyone else had success?
Originally Posted by curlye
When I read this I thought, hey who wrote my story for me?? It was raining heavily 2 days back, I just used some conditioner as I anyway wasn't going out, and I loved the results! Today I again used styling creams and my hair has clumped too much, it has a mild plasticy feeling and I am not having volume , I thought I was doing something terribly wrong (Been CG for less than a week) But then I came across your thread!!! So guess it works for me too!!
Here is a pic of only conditioner, not sure if this is as good as the long time CGs here, but this is the best my hair has ever been!
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CG since 27th June 2012! loving it!

Co-wash: TBS Rainforest Moisture Conditioner
RO: TBS Rainforest Moisture Conditioner, TBS Banana Conditioner
LI: TBS Banana conditioner, TBS Rainforest Moisture Butter
DT: Olive oil, Coconut Oil, TBS Rainforest Moisture butter
Styling: Organix Moroccan Styling Cream, TBS Cottonseed Curl Boost, Nature Republic Hair Gel

Why so many TBS in my list? Coz I live in a country where only TBS has english labels, wish I had access to more products!
You have gorgeous curls chk86!
UK Curly
Curl type : Boticelli, 3a, loose curls
Porosity : High
Texture : Fine/medium (I think!)
Co-wash/rinse out/leave in : L'oreal Full Restore 5, GFR&S, Schwarzkopf Bio Pomegranite
Gels : Umberto Giannini Flirty Curls Scrunching Jelly
Finish product : Boots Naked Style Frizz Fighter Serum or a pea-sized blob of condish smoothed over canopy
CG since Feb 2011
I just wanted to add to this thread. Yesterday evening I tried conditioner only styling. My hair came out soft, silky, curls - but no hold and not enough definition. I dont do second day hair, but if I did, I would be impressed by how voluminous my hair is this morning, with no products. Maybe this method would work better in winter for me...
i think its great that so many curlies are using and really enjoying this method! I find it alot cheaper just needing to buy conditioner then having to buy a whole heap of products and stocking them every month. its so simple! ive been starting to define my curls as well (just running my fingers down certain chunks) AND it keeps our locks nice and moisturised!
a winner all around!

my hair: 3c, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

I also blog about my hair journey, please feel free to read and comment/ask questions http://www.naturallycurly.com/blogs/...air-blogs/2494

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